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ems1008
@candyjayne3917 -- Things like this drive me crazy.... I hope this note finds you. I assume you've looked through birth and death certificates. Also check for newspaper birth announcements in the newspapers where your parents lived back then. In small towns that would have been put in the newspaper as another form of news/?gossip?... In larger towns they would have had to pay, so many people didn't have the money to put in birth announcements. Try the wills of your grandparents. Sometimes grandparents will leave something to grandchildren and name them. I found the name of my 11x great grandfather, found his will from 1686 and in it were the names of his sons, daughters and a grandson. It was not uncommon back then for people who had fallen on hard times to put a child up for adoption. There are a lot of adoption organizations across the country that you can check and also put your name into, so if Walt were to look for you he could find you through them. If your parents belonged to a church in the area back them. Check with them. There can be baptismal records. My great great grandfather was the pastor of 2 churches in Virginia just before and during the Civil War. Both churches are still standing and both churches are still active and the church historian at one helped me with a lot of research and I helped him by giving them photos they didn't have of their former pastor. Also, you could put your DNA into the Ancestry database. Whereas it's usually used to find out if your ancestors came from Europe of Africa or wherever... recently they've gotten a couple of direct hits. A young man who had been put up for adoption couldn't find his birth mother and decided to just try to see where his ancestors came from because he had nothing else. They contacted him and said they got a hit. He didn't understand. His mother had been young and later she married and had a family. One of his half brothers had gotten into genealogy and put his DNA in the Ancestry database. The match showed up and they both consented too meet and he finally met his birth mother. If you don't mind putting the story out there, write it up as an article for a magazine as a story and shop it around. It could be read by someone who knows and remembers something from back then. Also you can post the situation on message boards at all the genealogy sites... Someone may know something. -- wish there was a way to contact you directly to help. I love solving these mysteries... I have this incredible need to know the endings... or in the case of genealogy, the beginnings. Oh, and also find out if there were any orphanages in the area where your parents lived and see if you can find old records. Good luck and the very best of wishes. THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX! You'd be surprised the different ways you can find someone. I found a couple of cousins who were descendents of my great great grandfather's younger brother. The younger brother was a whaler in the 1860's and bought an island in the Samoa's. I found them on YouTube, singing songs on the beach then I did a search on YouTube for the name of the island...
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craigmerrow
I grew up in an 1855 Victorian overlooking the ocean in Rockland, Maine; we found a number of items during various renovation projects, such as old newspapers, bottles, and even a Bible in one of the living room walls. Mom put it in a Tupperware container along with a family photo and a dated note and tucked it back in the wall.

Not really a find, but I picked up a small bureau that looked like it had been a built-in at one time. When I was taking it apart to rebuild/refinish it, there was a big black shape on the underside of the top that looked like the outline of Batman.
   
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jcdanek

I found a pornography magazine in the old craftsman I just bought. It was stuffed behind the paneling that I was tearing down. The magazine was titled "Snap" and it was from 1967. I threw it away, but friends afterwards were saying it might have been a collector's piece. Oh well, not interested in those magazines no matter the era!

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